Bach and southern influences
Vivaldi – J. S. Bach – Caldara
Georg Kallweit, violin and direction
Encanto House Band:
Anthony Marini, violin
Laura Kajander, viola
Jussi Seppänen, violoncello
Anna Rinta-Rahko, contrabass
Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord
Some composers are considered geniuses. Johann Sebastian Bach is undoubtedly a composer whose output and creative power can be called thoroughly ingenious. It is worth noting, however, that a significant part of Bach’s genius was due to his open attitude towards various influences. He was also influenced by his strong musical understanding.
Bach had been surrounded by music since his childhood, and he studied, analysed, and expanded on everything he saw and heard. A large and talented musical circle of family and friends created fertile conditions for a growing genius. Bach got his hands on works written by members of this inner circle, which he collected and studied in great detail. Thanks to this, Bach’s musical language has strong influences from his previous generation that he perfected.
Bach was also interested in current musical tides, such as the French style. That being said, he also absorbed especially Italian influences like a sponge. He arranged works by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Marcello and many others. Bach’s instrumental concertos and chamber music display particularly strong Italian influences. The harvest sown in Italy and picked by Bach is the theme of this concert.
Duration: 1 h 30 min (incl. intermission)